Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama isn't tough enough to be president


In a previous post, I spoke about entitlements. Today, I will talk about what I have seen about Obama's leadership style.

We need a president who will stand up, take a position and the heck with opinion polls.

Obama is not such a man. I'm sorry but he is not.

Can you find any such characteristic in his resume or references:

"To govern is to choose.

And sometimes the choices are tough ones.

When has Barack Obama chosen to take a stand?

When he got along to get along with the Chicago machine?

When he sat for 20 years in the pews of an ugly neo-segregationist race-baiting grievance-monger?

When he voted to deny the surviving "fetuses" of botched abortions medical treatment?

When in his short time in national politics he racked up the most liberal – i.e., the most doctrinaire, the most orthodox, the most reflex – voting record in the Senate?

Or when, on those many occasions the questions got complex and required a choice, he dodged it and voted merely "present"? (Steyn)

So far, Obama has had a rather free ride.

Friendly media.

Good timing against Hillary Clinton in the primaries.

Unbelievable timing with the mortgage meltdown.

It will be different once the campaign is over.

Why? He will have to govern, or make choices.

Thomas Sowell has a good post on Obama:

"Yet many today seem to assume that if things are bad, "change" will make them better.

Specifics don't interest them nearly as much as inspiring rhetoric and a confident style."

Style may get him elected. Specifics will matter once we go from the campaign to sitting in the Oval Office.

Based on what I've seen, Obama is a good speaker, a man of incredible timing but not much of a leader.

I have not seen any examples of Obama standing up to anybody.

Why does that matter? Obama will be tested by Pelosi and Reid.

Vote McCain. At least, McCain has shown leadership skills during his amazing career.

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